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Making science public: challenges and opportunities

Raman, Sujatha; Nerlich, Brigitte; Cartelet, Clio; de Saille, Stevienna; Hadley Kershaw, Eleanor; Hartley, Sarah; Hobson-West, Pru; Holmwood, John; Lowndes, Vivien; Madziva, Roda; Martin, Paul; McLeod, Carmen; Millar, Kate; Mohr, Alison; Morris, Carol; Pearce, Warren; Seymour, Susanne; Smith, Alexander; Spencer, Adam; Tsouvalis, Judith

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Sujatha Raman

Brigitte Nerlich

Clio Cartelet

Stevienna de Saille

Eleanor Hadley Kershaw

Sarah Hartley

John Holmwood

Vivien Lowndes

Paul Martin

Carmen McLeod

Professor of Applied Bioethics

Warren Pearce

Alexander Smith

Assistant Professor in Economics

Judith Tsouvalis


This Programme investigated the relationship between science, politics and publics in the aftermath of an influential 2000 UK House of Lords Science and Society report. We conceptualised top-down initiatives promising greater transparency around the use of scientific evidence in policymaking and opportunities for public engagement around research and innovation agendas, as well as bottom-up instances of public mobilisation around science as an effort to make science public. In principle, such a movement seemed to speak directly to wider arguments for ‘opening up’ controversial domains of evidence and research to public scrutiny of framing, tacit assumptions, and alternative forms of expertise. Yet, these promises raised a number of dilemmas that we sought to examine in a range of cases.


Raman, S., Nerlich, B., Cartelet, C., de Saille, S., Hadley Kershaw, E., Hartley, S., …Tsouvalis, J. (2019). Making science public: challenges and opportunities. Leverhulme Trust

Report Type Research Report
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2019
Publication Date Jan 31, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 14, 2019
Keywords science, politics, publics, public engagement, science advice, openness
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